Court OKs Order That ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Can’t Have More Kids


Asim Taylor in court, January 2013

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ELYRIA, Ohio — An Ohio appeals court has upheld a judge’s order that a deadbeat father can’t have more kids until he pays back child support.

In January 2013, a Lorain County judge sentenced Asim Taylor to five years probation for not paying the support to his four children. He also ordered him not to have any more children in the meantime.

“The defendant is ordered to make all reasonable efforts to avoid impregnating a woman during the community-controlled period or until such time the defendant can prove to this court that he is able to provide for his children that he already has,” said Judge James Walther of Lorain County.

At the time, Taylor owed roughly $100,000 in child support and pleaded guilty to four counts for failing to pay for his kids.

Taylor appealed the judge’s order, saying that it infringed on his fundamental rights.

The decision this week by the 9th District Court of Appeals didn’t provide an opinion about whether the judge’s order was appropriate. Instead the appeals court said it didn’t have enough information to decide the merits of the case without a copy of the pre-sentence report detailing Taylor’s background.

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